According to an article by Sam McKewon of The Omaha World Herald, linebacker Jared Afalava is no longer a memeber of The Nebraska Cornhuskers. Afalava was expected by many to make big contributions in 2013, but the redshirt freshman played a minor role for The Blackshirts last year.
His departure opens up a spot on the roster, but with the number of talented linebackers returning and the addition of a few redshirt freshman, the void left by Afalava is not a cause of concern for The Huskers.
The absence of defensive end Avery Moss could be more of an impact. As McKewon’s report sites
As of Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Moss had not registered for classes according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln registrar’s office. While any student has two weeks after the beginning of the semester to do so, each passing day makes it more unlikely any student would be enrolled for the current semester
With Randy Gregory on one side, many expected Moss to be an anchor on the other. Depth on the defensive line has been an issue in the past few seasons, and if Moss does not return it could create a similar situation in 2014.
The likely frontrunners to occupy the second defensive end slot if Moss does not return are Greg McMullen and A.J. Natter. There are also potential recruiting targets that could step in and fill the void.